My experience of drugs and gangs started at a very young age of 14 when I ran away from home. I felt a sense of abandonment with my family, had suffered trauma, started using substances and was approached by different gang members who were older than me, that was when the grooming process started. They made me feel welcome, they had money, authority and swagger. It was very appealing to me as I didn't feel like I belonged anywhere but sadly this led me down a dangerous, criminal path.